The Rocky Mountain Synod Veteran Servant Corps Project partners with ELCA faith communities to recognize and support veterans.
In 2007, at the Tenth Biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), the assemblage approved a Memorial that stated “All congregations of this church will support military personnel and their families. The ELCA will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for returning military personnel, and it recommended that the ELCA Conference of Bishops and ELCA Bureau of Federal Chaplaincy Ministries explore ways that the ELCA ‘might effectively provide healing ministries to military veterans and their families.’”
Veteran Servant Corps Project (VSCP) was approved by the Rocky Mountain Synod (RMS) Council on May 1, 2020. The idea for this ministry, though, has been years in the making. One of the tenets of Rocky Mountain Synod Veteran Servant Corps Project is to provide training for ELCA clergy and pastoral care support staff to understand veteran issues.
- VSCP provides no-cost retreats at ELCA camps for veterans and their families
- VSCP provides training for ELCA clergy and pastoral care support staff to understand veteran issues
- VSCP provides ideas and materials for veteran awareness and celebrations in ELCA communities
We hope you will find these resources helpful in your efforts to support our veterans.
Retreats: No-cost retreats will be for Military Couples/Veteran Couples.
Sharing our experiences!
An interview by Pastor Paula Stecker (Christ the King - Colorado Springs, CO) with Paul Guetter, a member. Paul shares great story about a Pickle Barrel that happened at the end of WWII when he was only 5 years old!
Wheelchairs for Vets
A variety of wheel and motorized chairs are available for veterans. If you are interested, send email to Vicky Daub.
Join a Study Opportunity for Veteran Couples
Paul Lepley is a National Guard Chaplain and Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. He is conducting a study of the six-hour, online Prevention and Relationship Education Program - ePREP.
To participate in this study, one or both partners should be in the Reserves or National Guard (married, cohabitation, or engaged). In additional to taking part in the online program, couples will receive four 20-minutes skills coaching sessions (virtually). Couples will receive up to $150 for completing three surveys (pre, post & follow-up) and taking part in the focus group.
The program and coaching sessions are at no charge. If you are interested in the program or know any Army or Air Reserves or Guards who may interested please contact Paul Lepley at Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want Vicky or another VSCP Board Member to visit your church/community? You guessed it! Contact Vicky Daub at email@example.com.
Connect With Us
Contact: Executive Director VIckie Daub, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share: Please share with us what other resources and tools we can provide, and what you are doing to support our veterans.
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Give to the VSCP
Click the button below to make a donation. Select "Veteran Servant Corps Project" in the dropdown list. If you prefer to mail your donation, send it to the Rocky Mountain Synod, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 80221, adding Veteran Servant Corps Project to the note portion of the check.